NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, June 17 � Undaunted by the threat of disciplinary action by his own party, the NCP, PA Sangma today insisted on contesting the Presidential poll for which he has sought the support of NDA as well as Trinamool Congress, both of whom have given him no commitment, reports PTI.
�I am still in the race. I have made an appeal to all political parties to support my candidature,� Sangma said, adding he has spoken to many of the NDA leaders to support him.
Sangma said he has also contacted Mamata Banerjee soliciting her backing for his candidature. �I had spoken to Mamata Banerjee day before yesterday, late in the evening. I have appealed to her also to support my candidature.�
He added that Banerjee was insistent on the name of former President APJ Abdul Kalam.
�I said (to Mamata) that Dr Kalam has opted out of the race therefore you should support me,� Sangma said.
In Kolkata, Trinamool MP Kunal Ghose said Banerjee had told Sangma to support Kalam in the event of the former President contesting the election and withdraw from the race.